- Lauren Booker For the AJC
Single on Valentine's Day? You’re not alone.
There are many that will celebrate the day of love just as joyfully flying solo. Bing Insights found that 25 percent of singles partake in the festivities of the holiday.
Indulge in a day of self-care
Be your own valentine and treat yourself. Sleep in and enjoy a bubble bath. Crack open a book you've wanted to read or bake your favorite dessert. Spoil yourself with a day at the spa complete with a massage and manicure. Pamper yourself with whatever that makes you feel special.
Get matched at a social
Find the lover of your dreams with a little help from science at the Secure the Valentine Social on Feb. 3 from 2-5 p.m. at Ponce City Market. A relationship expert, life coach and self-love ambassador will select five couples from the attendees based on their scientific compatibility. The lucky couples will then be coached through their first three dates. Tickets are $25.
Spend time with friends
If you don't have a valentine, hang out with your friends instead. Valentine's Day isn't just about going on date. It's about spending time with the people you care about. Whether it's a movie marathon or going out on the town, take the time to enjoy the company of your pals.
Create art at a Paint & Sip
Paint and mingle at the Valentine's Day Speed Dating Paint & Sip at Gill Gallery on Feb. 14 from 7- 11 p.m. The multi-part event features speed dating at 7 p.m., nude model painting at 8 p.m. and music from DJ Keem de Chenau. Tickets are $25 and include bottomless wine and hor d'oeuvres.
Relax with group yoga and wine
Unwind while performing love-inspired yoga poses at the IY Social: Valentine's Vino Vinyasa, hosted by Kelsey Reed Armbruster of Innercise Yoga, LLC on Feb. 10 from 3- 5 p.m. at Out of the Box Yoga. Afterward, you'll enjoy complimentary tastings of eight types of ONEHOPE Wine. If you choose to buy a bottle, the proceeds go to charity. Tickets for singles are $30 (couples are $50).
Enjoy drinks with local professionals
Expand your social circle at the Meet Your Other Half: Valentine's Day Edition, hosted by Low-Profile Ladies on Feb. 2 from 7-9:30 p.m. Head over to Hudson Grille Sandy Springs to mix with singles (ages 25-40) through one-on-one sessions. Attendees will have access to free food and a private bar. Tickets are $15.
Go on a mini vacation
Set aside time during Valentine's Day to take a day trip. There are plenty of fun places to see in neighboring cities that are worth the drive. Visit Albany where Georgia's largest natural blue spring is located or taste wine at the Habersham Winery in Helen.
Meet new people during speed dating
Rub elbows with millennial singles at the "Thank God Valentine's Day is Over" Speed Dating Event hosted by MKDS Agency on Feb. 17 from 8-10 p.m. at Universal Joint in Decatur. Attendees (ages 21-35) will speed date while enjoying drinks. Advance tickets are $15; admission at the door is $20.
Score holiday deals
Valentine's Day is one of the best opportunities to snag deals on clothes, fragrance and more. No plans for the day? Head to the mall and rack some savings.